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Donald R Gunderson
FISH 457
Seattle Campus

Design and Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas

Ecological basis for designing and implementing Marine Protected Areas (MPA) as part of a conservation or management program, and techniques used to evaluate effectiveness of MPA networks. Metapopulation and community structure, landscape ecology, spatial analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), sampling design, mapping, and monitoring methods. Recommended: Q SCI 381.

Class description

-Ecological principles in designing networks of Marine Protected Areas, and evaluating their effectiveness. -Methods used in mapping and monitoring natural resources and estimating population abundance

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Three lectures and one lab per week. One mandatory field trip to Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories to gain first-hand experience with Remote operated vehicles, trawls, beac seines, and ichthyoplankton sampling gear.

Recommended preparation

A course in introductory statistics (such as QS 381) An introductory ecology course

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading assignments Laboratory assignments

Two midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam Laboratory reports


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Last Update by Linda Murdock
Date: 11/10/2003